The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art
Kimbell Art Museum, 1986 - 335 pages
An illustrated study of the Maya civilization, drawing from interpretations of the texts embedded in pictorial scenes or carved on stone tablets to provide the meaning of the art and architecture of the ancient culture.
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personification head 7 Black-Kan God and Bolon Mayel Figure 42 Other Gods
The Jester God The Jester God, named for the resemblance of his tri-pointed
forehead to the cap of medieval court jesters, is an emblem of royalty rather than
sacnficial hairdo Muan Bird muan leather headdress Muan Bird muan leather
headdress Figure 46 God L his eyes. Akbal, the glyph for "night and darkness,"
covers his forehead, marking him as a creature of the night. The personification of
Furthermore, bloodletting was not practiced only by humans; the gods
themselves gave their blood to maintain the order of the cosmos. The actors
letting blood from their penises on the Huehuetenango vase, for example, are
divine (PI. 72).
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